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Jennifer Fawcett and Matt Slaybaugh have beautifully adapted Available Light Theatre’s world premiere, which opened tonight to applause, laughter and moments of rapt silence at the Columbus Performing Arts Center’s Van Fleet Theatre.
Thoughtful and wistful, endlessly clever but grimly funny, the solo work revolves – and revolves – around a time-machine repairman searching for his long-lost-in-time father while struggling to avoid getting lost himself.
Beyond its rare status as a sci-fi play that actually works, this moving meditation on memory and regret offers a time-warped 21st-century update of No Exit and other existential dramas. Here is an intriguing futuristic take on Waiting for Godot, with the sad clown even more hapless because he’s waiting for himself.
Ian Short commands attention with a chameleonic performance. Almost as athletic, intellectual and verbal as a Hamlet, Short fleshes out a dead-end Everyman who runs around the theater space like an intelligent rat in a maze, exploring every option as time runs out.
Theatergoers who think adventurous art matters should take the time to savor this expert exploration of – dare I push it? – timeless themes.